Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen Forced to Sit Together in Paul Pierce’s Hall of Fame Ceremony

Published 09/11/2021, 3:29 PM EDT


Over the last two decades, the NBA has seen its fair share of big threes. While the Heat big three and Warriors big three were arguably the most successful in the last two decades, it was the Celtics’ trio of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen who set the tone for the same.

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Coming off of an abysmal 2006-07 season where the Celts had a record of 24 wins and 58 losses, much was not expected of the record champions. But President Danny Ainge made a huge swing in the off-season. Adding two All-Stars in Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to the team, the Celtics were immediately a contender.

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The Ainge experiment was fruitful. With Allen, Garnett and Pierce firing at all cylinders and a young Rajon Rondo chipping in, the Celts were unstoppable. Defeating Kobe and the Lakers, the Celtics won the championship in the very first season.

Garnett and Allen to sit side by side in Hall of Ceremony for Paul Pierce

The trio of Garnett, Allen and Pierce was certainly one of the most iconic trios. While the team did win a championship, they couldn’t win a championship again. After constant disappointments with the team, sharpshooter Allen decided to part ways with the team.

Despite offers from other teams, the then 37-year-old decided to join bitter rivals Miami Heat. Ever since the move there has been a massive rift between Allen and many other Celtics’ stars. The biggest of them all is however with Kevin Garnett. KG hasn’t shied away from speaking about his rift with Allen.

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But it looks like the two might have bear each other tonight. Ahead of the Hall of Fame ceremony, inductee Paul Pierce gave a sneak peek to the sitting arrangement. In the same, Garnett and Allen’s names were kept side by side along with the likes of Gary Payton and ‘His Airness’ Michael Jordan.

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While both the legends might not be the most comfortable it looks like, they might be forced to sit beside one-another. The Celtics’ big three certainly have a great chance to mend ways once and for all tonight.

While Pierce continues to be in good terms with both Allen and KG, the duo have had a troublesome relation. Do you think will this rift between the duo ever get resolved?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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